Arabic Tidbit: “Ana Saa-im…”


Here’s a benefit I took from a student of Shaykh Muhammad bin ‘Abdil Wahhaab al Wassaabee in Yemen (hafithahullaah) this past Ramadhaan:

Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said:

When anyone of you is observing fast, he should neither indulge in obscene language nor should he raise his voice; and if anyone reviles him or tries to quarrel with him, he should say: `I am fasting.

{Bukhaari & Muslim}

I am fasting. = Ana saa-im. (This is the legislative meaning.) We can use this word linguistically in our everyday speech. For example:

  • – Ana saa-im ‘anil kalaam. I am refraining from talking (speaking/speech).
  • – Ana saa-im ‘anin nawm.“……… sleep.”
  • – Ana saa-im anil jimaa’. – “……. sexual intercourse (cohabitation, etc.).”

*Saa-imah is feminine.

Wallaahu Aa’lam.

  1. #1 by A Weighty Word on October 21, 2011 - 10:26 PM

    Will update with Arabic text In Shaa Allaah. It was somehow erased during transmission.

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